CCG Consultation have your say next week

Please join in- details below:
NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently engaging with patients, health and care professionals, providers, voluntary sector and the wider public about our proposal for a single primary care mental health service in Leeds.

Primary care mental health services are services usually provided through the GP practice to people with mild to moderate mental health problems. You might be referred into primary care mental health services if you are feeling low, vulnerable or anxious.

In Leeds there are three different primary care mental health services available:

· Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), also known as talking therapies, provide psychological support for people with common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety disorders. In Leeds, the IAPT service is provided by Leeds Community Healthcare (LCH) NHS Trust, Community Links, Northpoint Wellbeing and Touchstone. The whole service is known as the Leeds IAPT Partnership.

· Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Service for people whose needs cannot be met by the IAPT service. This is currently a pilot project that is only provided at some GP practices in Leeds and is delivered by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) and Northpoint Wellbeing.

· Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service and Home Start that provides support to women in the perinatal period of pregnancy from conception to one year of birth.

Once the current contracts come to an end in September 2019, NHS Leeds CCG intends to commission a single primary care mental health service for Leeds. We think this will make services easier to understand and access.

The CCG is asking anyone with an interest in primary care mental health services to help shape the new the new citywide service model by taking part in a survey

The closing date for the survey is 30 September 2018.

To ensure we’re providing enough opportunities for people to give their feedback, we have organised three public engagement events where we’re hoping to meet local residents and invite them to share their views on primary care mental health services in Leeds. The events will take place at:

Armley One Stop Centre 6th of August, 10am-12pm

Reginald Centre – 28th August, 10am-12pm

Dewsbury Road Community Hub -13th Sept, 1pm-3pm

For more information about this engagement please visit our website here:

NHS70 what’s next – join us tomorrow

Tomorrow 6.30 – 8pm come and join in discussing how we take forward our campaigning in and around Leeds then maybe stay for a few tunes, songs and drink.

Michael Parkinson from Unison will be joining us to give us an update on the plans and resistance to outsourcing NHS staff into Wholly Owned Subsidiaries

John and Gilda will outline Leeds CCG plans for re-shaping ( and cutting) health services both in the City and as part of the West Yorks and Harrogate Integrated Care Partnership.

Urgent Leeds Teaching Hospital protest 6th June, 1pm, Brotherton Wing

Please do all you can to support and encourage everyone you know to come if they can.

As most of you will know , Leeds Teaching Hospitals have put together a proposal to move 2,300 staff out of the NHS into a subsidiary company, largely to capitalise on VAT savings but also to open up more “ business” opportunities.

Staff are deeply upset about being “kicked out” of the NHS and who knows who might be next ! Similar plans are being pursued by cash strapped, hospitals up and down the country although few are anywhere near as large as Leeds. This is the thin edge of the wedge in terms of breaking up the NHS and fast tracking privatisation.

Unison are balloting porters, domestic, facilities, estates and clinical engineering staff for industrial action and have called this “100% NHS” demonstration to show their members that there is public support for their campaign, attract media coverage and keep the issue in the public eye.

This is a critical time to demonstrate massive opposition, as Leeds Teaching Hospital Board has not yet agreed a final plan. In Harrogate outrage was high but opposition too late. Now we have a chance to stop the Leeds plan and give encouragement to NHS staff and campaigners up and down the country.

Don’t reward loyal Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust staff by throwing them out of the NHS

Letter toYorkshire Evening Post

Dear Editor,

LTHT: Don’t reward loyal staff by throwing them out of the NHS!

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) proposal to set up a Wholly Owned Subsidiary (WOS) by transferring 2,300 of its 17,000 employees out of the NHS, caused widespread concern among staff and attracted negative comment from MPs. The trust claimed this move was essential for achieving long-term financial sustainability and to support patient care. Detractor’s pointed out that giving autonomy to health care providers to generate and spend money in this way meets the World Health Organisation definition of privatisation. Business cases from WOS elsewhere indicate that around 90% of savings come from alteration in tax treatment, effectively depriving the Treasury of income that might be used to fund public services.
At the LTHT Board meeting on 29th March, it was agreed to defer the decision to establish a WOS in order to allow full discussion with LTHT staff and representatives, including a review of alternative models. Since then very little further has been heard, while trade union branches have voted to ballot on strike action. July this year is the 70th anniversary of the NHS, and the Board should reflect on the fact that it would be unfair to staff who take pride in their work to find themselves shunted into a WOS against their wishes. Promises to maintain terms and conditions simply cannot be guaranteed, and while appointing new staff on different terms might save money, it creates a two tier workforce that will undermine team working. Furthermore, the WOS will add a new management interface and increase operating costs.
WOS are likely to accelerate the breaking up of the NHS and are also a possible channel for selling off “surplus” NHS land and buildings under the recommendations of the Naylor Report. We urge the trust Board to resist being pushed down this route, and to listen and respond to the views of staff and their trade unions. We also ask the public to make their views known to the trust via its website. This is not the way to empower staff or to fund the NHS.

Yours faithfully,

Dr John WL Puntis, on behalf of Leeds Keep Our NHS Public